July 7, 2006
TNA: Heavy focus on title picture
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling

Jim Cornette laid down the law, cleaning up TNA and firing senior official Earl Hebner. In another Jim Cornette move, Sting was granted a tag team match on Impact that pits him and Christian Cage against Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner. Who came out on top? Well, read the report and find out.

TNA's roving reporter, Jeremy Borash, opened the show backstage outside of Sting's locker room. Cage asked Borash if he had a crush on him because Borash is always hanging around the locker room. Borash denied the notion as Cage said that he was ready to team with Sting on Impact, but he was also ready to fight him at Victory Road.

They ran a recap of Jim Cornette's big speech from the last edition of Impact. Another solid promo from Cornette, but again, this is Jim Cornette.

Mike Tenay and Don West joined us at ringside and hyped the tag team main event, Sting and Christian Cage vs. Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner. A prime example of why TNA's TV ratings have been so high.

Match One - Sonjay Dutt vs. "The Notorious 187" Homicide w/ Konnan and Hernandez

Moody Jack Melendez introduced LAX as they came to the ring from the crowd. This was a fast paced match-up that saw Dutt land a huge dive on Homicide to the floor. Homicide was able to regain control, hitting an Ace Crusher for a near fall. The Cop Killa was attempted, but reversed by Dutt. Konnan distracted the referee as Hernandez got into the ring and hit Dutt with a suplex, allowing Homicide to roll over and make the cover for the win.

Winner Via Pinfall - "The Notorious 187" Homicide

Mark "Slick" Johnson ran out to ringside and informed the referee that Homicide had cheated, leading to a reverse in the original decision. LAX beat down Dutt, who was eventually saved by Ron "The Truth" Killings, while Johnson and Larry Zybysko argued about what was done on the outside of the ring. Johnson told Zybysko that he understood he was under a lot of pressure about because of his upcoming Hair vs. Hair match, so he was going to show him how good he would look bald.

Winner Via Reversed Decision DQ - Sonjay Dutt

They showed footage of Scott D'Amore arguing with Jim Cornette about his decision to disband Team Canada on the last edition of Impact. Cornette said that he would allow them to come back together as long as they won an eight man tag team match on the next edition of Impact. The group got angered by Young, who was more concerned about getting fired than he was about leaving Team Canada.

Back at ringside, Eric Young came out and talked to Mike Tenay and Don West and told them how worried he was about getting fired. West calmed him down, telling him that the eight man tag team match was going to be a win-win situation, because if he got the pin then he gets a title shot, but if he lost, Team Canada would be no more. Mark "Slick" Johnson came back out with pictures that were "enhanced" to show what Larry Zybysko would look like bald. Kind of like what Kurt Angle and Edge did awhile back. Johnson handed them out to the crowd as we shot over to some more important business.

A video package was shown with "The Franchise" Shane Douglas further "training" The Naturals.

They showed clips of Rhino from the TNA house show in Philadelphia, PA, where Rhino talked about wanting to make a difference in TNA. He then shot a promo were he said the same thing, promising to be the next big thing in TNA.

Match Two - "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown vs. Kenny King

PA-PA-PA-POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUNNNNNNNNNCCEEEEEEEEEEE! Period.

Winner Via Pinfall - "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown

Post Match - Monty Brown actually did something else, grabbing a mic and informing the Heavyweight title contenders at Victory Road that they would all feel the POOOOOOOOOOUNNNNNNNNCCCEEEEEEEEE! Period.

Jeremy Borash was backstage with Jeff Jarrett and "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner who talked about his dominance over Samoa Joe. Jarrett told Sting that he was all wrong about TNA, saying that he and Steiner were going to defeat Sting and Cage later on. Jarrett went on to say that at Victory Road, Steiner could wind up facing him for the title. Jarrett walked off as Steiner stood there, pondering what Jarrett had said.

They played footage that was shot by SLAM! Wrestling's own "Hotshot" Johnny Devine. Kevin Nash and Alex Shelley were standing around a body bag, hinting at a stunt they would be pulling on Impact. Back to the ring, West and Tenay muddled over what was just said, as Nash, Shelley and Devine came out with a shopping cart that contained a body bag. Nash said Osama Bin Laden was in the bag, but when it was opened, Chris Sabin was in there. Nash said it was "Osama Bin Sabin." Jay Lethal came down as Nash bailed, cleaning house on Shelley and Devine. Tenay put over the fact that Sonjay Dutt and Chris Sabin vs. Kevin Nash and Alex Shelley was signed for Victory Road.

In the back, Borash spoke with Samoa Joe who ran down Sting and Christian Cage, but not without telling Scott Steiner that he was going to choke him out. Joe has gotten much better, he is certainly a major part of the TNA roster.

Match Three - "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett vs. "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage and Sting

The match was jump started on the outside, with Steiner and Jarrett getting the better of Cage and isolating him from Sting. A double team attempt gone wrong allowed Cage to make a hot tag to Sting. Jarrett was able to reverse Sting and hit the Stroke, but as he was about to get the three, Cage pulled the referee out of the ring. Steiner was taken out of the equation by Cage who threw him into a ringpost. Jarrett and Cage fought to the top rope, with Cage biting and tossing Jarrett from the top. A Scorpion Deathdrop and Frogsplash later and the faces were having their hands raised.

Winners Via Pinfall - "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage and Sting

Post Match - Cage and Sting celebrated as a busted up Steiner hit the ring and took out Cage and Sting with the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Samoa Joe hit the ring and brawled with Steiner to the back, as Sting gathered his bearings and fought with Jarrett throughout the Impact Zone, locking in a Scorpion Deathlock, as Cage stood in the center of the ring holding the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and smiling.

The show wrapped up with a video package hyping the next edition of TNA Impact, that includes an eight man tag team match between Team Canada and Rhino, Jay Lethal and Team 3D, with the stipulation being that if Team Canada loses, they must disband.


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    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and wrote this report after returning from the NY Mets game (thankfully Impact was taped). He almost caught a foul ball, but it wound up going four rows behind him. If you've ever executed a four row dive before, send your tips on how to pull it off to CJS137@aol.com -- he'll be glad to have them for next time.


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